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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: ascrivre, from Latin ascribere, from ad- 'to' + scribere 'to write'

ascribe

verb
     
as‧cribe

ascribe something to somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to claim that something is caused by a particular person, situation etc:
The report ascribes the rise in childhood asthma to the increase in pollution.
2 to claim that something has been written, said, made etc by a particular person:
a quotation that's often been ascribed to Marilyn Monroe
3 to believe that something or someone has a particular quality:
Local people ascribe healing properties to this fruit.
ascribable adjective:
Most of the accidents were ascribable to the bad weather.

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